Cracking the speech code: A cross-linguistic neurobehavioral approach to language learning in typical and atypical populations

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Organization profile

The project builds on international collaboration with matched funds to addresses language learning in typical and atypical populations (children with autism, dyslexia, and cochlear implants, who all have problems with speech perception). Three typologically representative languages, English (non-tonal language), Mandarin Chinese (tonal language), and Japanese (pitch accent language) are covered. Aim #1 is to apply sophisticated signal processing and statistical modelling in identifying biomarkers of speech and voice recognition deficits. Aim #2 is to investigate speech and voice processing in realistic and complex environments and how the brain mechanisms are shaped by learning experience and pathological conditions. Aim #3 is to develop tools that can deliver adaptive and customizable training methods that can optimize speech learning and social communication across ages and disorders. Our strategic plan will involve multi-year efforts in fundamental research and training, including the establishment of a scholarly exchange program and joint graduate program in speech-language-hearing sciences.

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Cochlear Implants Medicine & Life Sciences
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity Medicine & Life Sciences
Semantics Medicine & Life Sciences
Pediatrics Medicine & Life Sciences
Learning Disorders Medicine & Life Sciences
Adolescent Medicine Medicine & Life Sciences
Primary Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Child Development Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2019

Grand Challenges Research Awards: Phase 1

1/1/171/1/19

Project: Grand Challenges

Research Output 1981 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

Mandarin-speaking, kindergarten-aged children with cochlear implants benefit from natural f0 patterns in the use of semantic context during speech recognition

Zhang, L., Wang, J., Hong, T., Li, Y., Zhang, Y. & Shu, H., Aug 1 2018, In : Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 61, 8, p. 2146-2152 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cochlear Implants
kindergarten
Semantics
speaking
semantics
41 Citations (Scopus)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder evaluation and diagnosis: A practical approach in office practice

Reiff, M. I. & Stein, M. T., Jan 1 2003, In : Pediatric clinics of North America. 50, 5, p. 1019-1048 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Learning Disorders
Primary Health Care
Neuropsychology
Educational Status
4 Citations (Scopus)

Supervision of Pediatric Trainees in Biosocial Pediatrics: A Survey of Graduate Programs

Orr, D. P. & Reiff, M. I., Jan 1 1981, In : American Journal of Diseases of Children. 135, 4, p. 344-347 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine
Child Development
Observation
Surveys and Questionnaires